Raanta the self-critic:"It's not the prettiest right now. Way too many splits & way too many sitting-downs.I just tried to battle, tried to put something in front of the puck. Like I've been saying, it hasn't been the easiest season so you just try to put everything on the line."
Garland on the 1st 2-game win streak in over a month: "Obviously, we struggled for a little bit there. I think all teams struggle throughout the year. We've played the style we want. In a lot of those games we just didn't get the result so it's nice to finally get the result."
Rick Tocchet on the Clayton Keller-Nick Schmaltz-Phil Kessel line: "I felt the last two games is the best they've played as a line and it starts in our own end. If they can just commit to playing the right way they're going to get chances the other way. They're all skating."
Hit totals have been changed to 21-18 Washington now.
Capitals had 20 hits in first period. Golden Knights had 19. Dowd (WSH) and Carrier (VGK) were each credited with 6. A good helping of physicality out there.
Conor Garland just reached 20 goals on the season for the first time since his final year of junior hockey, which was in 2015-16 with the QMJHL's Moncton Wildcats. He is also the #Coyotes' first 20-goal scorer since Clayton Keller (23) in 2017-18.